Bell, Champion, Capra receive promotions

Bell, Champion, Capra receive promotions

Bell, Champion, Capra receive promotions
CHICAGO -- Buddy Bell has been promoted by the White Sox to Vice President, Player Development and Special Assignments, after serving as the organization's director of player development since 2009.

"Since he rejoined the White Sox, Buddy's role in the organization has continually evolved and expanded," said White Sox general manager Ken Williams, in a statement from Monday's announcement released by the team. "Buddy and his staff have played an integral part in developing our young talent, and he has been a great resource for me on special scouting assignments as well."

Bell's move was followed by Nick Capra's promotion to director of player development, the position previously held by Bell, and Kirk Champion's elevation to Minor League field coordinator, replacing Capra.

Capra begins his 17th season with the White Sox and served as the field coordinator from 2009-11. He worked as assistant director of Minor League instruction under Bell in 2008 and Minor League hitting coordinator from 2006-07. Champion has spent the last nine seasons (2003-11) as the White Sox Minor League pitching coordinator after serving as a pitching coach in the organization's player development system for 14 years (1989-2002).

"This move reflects the confidence we have in Buddy, as well as Nick and Kirk, who have been very successful and have been well-respected members of our organization for many years," Williams said.

Bell will continue to oversee all aspects of the White Sox player development and Minor League system. He starts his fifth straight season with the White Sox and his eighth overall. He was director of Minor League instruction in 2008, the same position he held with the White Sox from 1991-93.

Curt Hasler, a highly-respected pitching coach in the White Sox system, continues on as pitching coordinator, which was a role he shared with Champion in 2011. Tim Laker moves into the hitting coordinator job, with Jeff Manto moving up to serve as the White Sox hitting coach, while Daryl Boston stands as the system's outfield instructor, Ever Magallanes as the infield instructor and John Orton as the catching instructor.

Devon White returns as baserunning instructor. Scott Takao holds the position of Minor League Medical/Rehab. Coordinator, while Dale Torborg enters his ninth season as conditioning coordinator.

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